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Cletrac Controlled Differential Steering System

Alan Wenbourne builds a model demonstrating the Cletrac Controlled Differential Steering System, or ‘a crawler with a steering wheel’.

The Ultimate Meccano Storage System?

Alan Wenbourne describes his multi-drawer metal filing cabinet storage system.

A Little More Mathematics for Meccano

Discover how to apply Ptolemy’s Theorem, which applies to quadrilaterals (shapes with four sides) that have all four corners lying on the same circle, to the building of a tapering tower with cross-bracing in your models with this guide by Richard Marsden.

Solution to NZFMM Magazine Puzzle № 2

Alan Wenbourne describes a spur gear train using metal Meccano factory gears that will produce an output of 3.14 turns for an input of one revolution to two decimal places.

Daleks in Meccano

Doctor Who fan Chris Warrell showcases a variety of Dalek models that have been built with Meccano over the years, including his own set of four.

The Jugger-Nauticus

This latest addition to Santiago Plicio’s fleet of model ships sees him continue to evolve his development of curved hulls.

Cantilever Bearings

Les Chatfield describes his construction of a heavy-duty bearing, inspired by a Bert Love design, used to support heavy overhanging loads such as the arms of a fairground ride.

The Barracuda

One of a fleet of three ships built by Santiago Plicio for our Harbour Secretary’s Challenge.

Pseudorandom Motion Mechanism

This mechanism from Brian Leach continuously varies its speed, repeating its pseudorandom output pattern every five hours. This means that it could be used in, for example, a Meccanograph, a fish or something similar moving in a mobile, or fruit machine reels.

Nuts, Bolts and Meccano

Richard Marsden on the standardisation of bolts, the evolution of Meccano fixings, and going metric.